Oct. 11, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- The madness in McKale Center started long before either the Arizona men's or women's basketball teams took the floor on Friday night. The No. 20 Arizona volleyball team (8-6, 3-3 Pac-10) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to upset the fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal (14-3, 5-2 Pac-10), 3-2, in front of a Pac-10 record crowd of 9,141 fans. Game scores were 25-30, 17-30, 30-16, 32-30, 15-13. The win improved Arizona's record to a perfect 4-0 in matches played prior to basketball's Midnight Madness celebration.
Early on Stanford appeared to be headed for a three-game sweep over the Wildcats after finding little opposition in the first two games. The Cardinal out-hit Arizona .413 to .206 through the first two frames and headed into the break up 2-0. The 2001 NCAA Player of the Year Logan Tom led the way for Stanford with nine kills on .750 hitting, but was followed closely by teammate Ogonna Nnamani's eight kills.
Down, but not out, Arizona rode the experience of Shannon Torregrosa out of the break in game three to forge its way back into the match. The versatile senior tallied just three kills in the frame, but confounded the Cardinal players with a devastating jump serve and, along with teammate Bre Ladd, a nearly impenetrable block.
With Arizona holding a tentative 12-10 lead, Torregrosa served up four consecutive aces and tallied three block assists to help Arizona go on a decisive 14-3 run in the middle of the game. The Wildcats also held Stanford to a .000 hitting percentage in the game to help swing momentum in UA's favor.
With the massive crowd backing them, Arizona raced out to a 18-12 lead in the fourth game, but the defending national champion Cardinal fought their way back point-by-point before going on a 7-0 scoring run to tie the match at 23-23. The two school traded kills, service aces and errors up to a 28-28 tie.
Arizona won the 29th point to pull within one play of the tying the match and sending it to a fifth game, but the seasoned Cardinal battled back on kill by Tom to even the match at 29-29. Arizona setter Laurie Gardner edged the Wildcats to game-point again on one of her six kills in the match, but Tom answered with a pounding kill to notch the game at 30-30.
Tied for the 10th time in the game, Arizona found its answer to Tom and ended the frame with a pair of kills by freshmen Kim Glass and Bre Ladd to even the match score at two games apiece.
Game five went back and forth throughout. Neither team managed more than a three-point lead in the frame, but a solid defense and four kills by Glass and two by Ladd helped Arizona to the improbable come-from-behind win.
The statistics for the match were nearly even for the two schools. Arizona and Stanford each hit .273 on the night. The Wildcats collected 70 kills and 12.5 blocks to Stanford's 72 kills and 12 blocks. The serve, which has troubled Arizona throughout the 2002 season, proved to be a valuable asset in the win. Led by Torregrosa's five aces, the Wildcats came up 12 unreturnable serves on the night.
Individually, Glass led all players with 28 kills on .279 hitting and also came up with seven digs. Senior Lisa Rutledge posted her fifth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 14 digs in the win. Ladd added 11 kills and a match-high tying seven blocks. Torregrosa finished the night with eight kills, five aces, seven digs and six block assists.
Stanford had four players finish in double digit kills. Tom paced the Cardinal attack with 22 kills on a match-high .419 hitting in the loss. Teammates Nnamani and Sara McGee each had 17 kills apiece and Ashley Ivy chipped in with 10.
Arizona returns to action on Saturday with a 7 p.m. match with California. The Golden Bears (11-4, 2-4 Pac-10) lost a five-game match to Arizona State on Friday.